Earlier this week, World Whale Day, I received this beautiful #ring, an early birthday gift from my ma & pa. The design is inspired, in part, by an ancient Pictish ring and also by the ocean. It was crafted by ‘treasure hunter’ and creative talent, Claire at Roche Designs. I absolutely love it - and the symbolism behind it too...
Its arrival on World Whale Day feels serendipitous because the inscription on the ring means Victory of Water. It’s a reminder that clean water - flowing in springs, rivers and lochs, inside tanks and taps, in the ground beneath our feet, in the oceans within and all around us - is our life force. It is our essence. And water creatures are our guides.
In particular, the whale is a powerful indicator of the state of our oceans. When they become disorientated or fall silent, we can take it as a warning that we too have drifted dangerously off course. Nowadays it’s happening all the time.
So my World Whale Daywish is that we keep speaking up for our seas - and taking positive action to create powerful ripples of change in our own lives - because we need a victory of water over pollution, ignorance, greed and indifference.
‘No blue, no green. No water, no life.’ - Sylvia Earle
‘We have a responsibility, every one of us. We may think we live a long way from the oceans, but we don’t. What we do here...has a direct effect on the oceans – and what the oceans do then reflects back on us.’ – Sir David Attenborough
Maybe, one day, I’ll get to pass this ring down to my daughter. And I’m sure most of us have ‘jewels’ that we want to offer future generations but those gifts would be worthless without healthy oceans, waterways and eco systems. The most precious treasures we can give our descendants are sparkling waters (the un-bottled kind) and oceans filled with whale song. Xoxo
Looking for a professional Scottish voice artist for your project? Well, ScottishVoiceOvers.com is a great place to start. Also, you can listen to one of my reels via the Scottish Voiceovers youtube channel...
Daydreaming about#campingout this summer? Sleep under the stars atWILDHOOD! Opposite the main festival venue at Tullibole Castle, our camping village is a lush green field, surrounded by ancient woodland, with#luxeshowers and wcs. We’ll also provide#VIPextras, just for you…
* #entertainment on Friday evening - exclusively for campers - including song, circus and storytelling.
* ‘dine out’ at our Wildhood Food Yard. The #kitchen will open early for our campers and will feature a mouth-watering menu, including vegan options - and more children’s portions too! * you can also use our campers Cooking Circle or - by popular demand - #cook up a storm at your own pitch! * Indulge in the wild luxury of #glamping - check out Dragonfly Yurts Ltdand Blossom Hill Bell Tents, who’ll be joining us this year. blossombelltents.co.uk/wildhood-festival * Alternatively, bling up your own tent - or camper van - by taking inspiration from our ‘Kings and Queens’ theme!
Excited about joining us for a sleep-over? Camping passes are available to book now…
A little background... Working with the team at WILDHOOD, I provide social media storytelling and copywriting. Find out more about Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing and entertainment studio - at acousticwave.co.uk
What do the terms ‘January Blues’ and ‘Blue Monday’ mean to you? According to a thick flurry of news headlines, this is the most bleak time of year and Blue Monday - 21st January 2019 - is the most depressing day. So, we’re turning the concept of feeling ‘blue’ on its head and sharing the secrets of ‘blue zones’ - the happiest, healthiest places on our planet. By celebrating the blues of a different kind, maybe we can lift spirits in Scotland…and beyond!
According to studies, the ‘blue zones’ of health boast the highest concentration of centenarians and clusters of people who grow old without health problems. Two famous blue zones - Greece (Ikaria) and Italy (Sardinia) - are known for their traditional, mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, healthy fats and contains smaller amounts of meat and dairy. It’s naturally high in locally-grown, unprocessed dishes too. Here in Fife, we’re lucky to have the Ardross Farm Shop and lots of markets, including the regular event at Bowhouse. So, there’s plenty of inspiration if you want to get busy in the kitchen. Or, treat yourself to our ‘blue zone’ style dishes at our Cocoa Tree Cafe. We highly recommend our:-
thick and nourishing mixed bean soup
mediterranean-inspired toasted focaccia (Barnetts Bakery) with tapenade, roasted peppers, tomatoes and greens
hummus and tapenade snack plater
Charm Of Costa Rica
According to research, Costa Rica is a blue zone for both health and happiness. Author Dan Buettner believes their all-round wellness can be attributed to 3 magic ingredients: pleasure, purpose and pride. Of course, we also know that this beautiful country is a home to the mood-boosting cocoa bean! Learn more about the endorphins-inducing power of cocoa and dark chocolate via Readers Digest. And you can find our collection of dark chocolate - handmade in Pittenweem - in our village shop and online.
Spirit Of Community
Feeling a sense of connection to the people around us is vital to our health and happiness. While social media has a part to play, there’s no substitute for up-close community to combat feelings of loneliness. In the world’s blue zones, there’s a clear emphasis on family and connection. For example, in Okinawa, Japan, people have a close-knit ‘moai’ to offer support throughout the ebb and flow of daily life. Even if social clubs and group activities aren’t your thing, it’s still worth getting out and about. Here in Pittenweem and around the East Neuk, we’re so lucky to have an abundance of traditional, village market places - from butchers and bakers to libraries, post offices, pubs and cafes. And if you get out there, you may just bump into someone who’ll help to put a spring in your step...
What’s The Point?
The answer to that question is different for each one of us. Yet, blue zone studies show that having a passion - sense of purpose - is vital to wellness. What do you care about? What gives you pleasure? Can you plan an experience that will lift your spirits? It might be taking a course, de-cluttering, volunteering, writing to a loved one, helping a neighbour, organising a day trip…or just arranging coffee with an old friend.
The Walk Of Life
Connecting with the natural world - and getting some exercise - is another ‘blue zone’ staple. Here in Scotland, we have an abundance of beautiful coastal walks, parks and country trails, so there’s every reason to explore. And of course, if you want some serious exercise, look no further than the steep, historic wynds of Pittenweem. Start at the harbour and work your way up to the high street. We’ll be in our shop and cafe, ready to welcome you with a warm fire and well-earned refreshments…
‘Honestly everything the kids did they enjoyed as did we. Stone carving, dirt battery, water filtration, cinema yurt, fairy godmother, graffiti art, pony ride, birds of prey, bumble bee making and playing with natural objects to fill in animal outlines, Yuke band, pond dipping, story telling in various locations and styles, arts and crafts table, wishing tree, flower headband making, honestly when I asked the kids what their favourite thing was they said it all and I would honestly say the same.’ - visitor, WILDHOOD 2018
‘What an absolute delight to not have to keep digging in pockets for £2 here, £4 there! This was excellent value for money - the kids brought home a whole haul of stuff as well as the experiences they had. Making everything included in the ticket cost was a FANTASTIC idea.’ - visitor, WILDHOOD 2018
image by Duke Photography A little background... Working with the team at WILDHOOD, I provide social media storytelling and copywriting. Find out more about Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing and entertainment studio - at acousticwave.co.uk